Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol


 Group Leader:

Julio Lloret-Fillol, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Beatriz Martin 

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Alberto Bucci/ Sergio Gonell

PhD Students:

Klaudia Micheliszyn / Miguel Claros (until Feb.) / Sergio Fernández / Geyla C. Dubed / Jordi Aragón / Luis Gutiérrez / David Pascual

Master students:

Suyun Sun (until Aug.)

Visiting Students:

Phebe van Langevelde (ERASMUS) (until Mar.) / Sebastian Jaworski (ERASMUS) (until Mar.) / Francesco Gambino (ERASMUS) (until July)


The group of Prof. Lloret-Fillol is working on the development of catalysts for artificial photosynthesis and its expansion into organic synthesis.The group intends to transfer concepts of artificial photosynthesis to organic synthesis, to carry out enderzoic transformations using sunlight as a driving force and to drive the development of new and more environmentally-friendly methodologies for the transformation of organic molecules. In this regard, the group has developed biomimetic catalysts based on abundant metals for the reduction of water and CO2, catalysts that are also highly active in the photocatalytic reduction of organic compounds as well as in the activation of C-X links.


A Unified Electro- and Photocatalytic CO2 to CO Reduction Mechanism with Aminopyridine Cobalt Complexes
Fernández, S.; Franco, F.; Casadevall, C.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Luis, J.M.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142 (1), 120-133

Luminescent Rhenium(I)tricarbonyl Complexes Containing Different Pyrazoles and Their Successive Deprotonation Products: CO2 Reduction Electrocatalysts
Merillas, B.; Cuéllar, E.; Diez-Varga, A.; Torroba, T.; García-Herbosa, G.; Fernández, S.;Lloret-Fillol, J. Martín-Alvarez, J. M.; Miguel, D.; Villafañe, F.
Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59 (15), 11152–11165

Crystal‐to‐Crystal synthesis of photocatalytic MOFs for visible‐light reductive coupling and mechanistic investigations
Gutiérrez, L.; Sekhar Mondal, S.; Bucci, A.; Kandoth, N.; Escudero-Adán, E. C.; Shafir, A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
COVER ChemSusChem 2020, 13 (13), 3418-3428


The synergy between the CsPbBr3 nanoparticle surface and the organic ligand becomes manifest in a demanding carbon–carbon coupling reaction
Rosa-Pardo, I.; Casadevall, C.; Schmidt, L.; Claros, M.; Galian, R. E.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Pérez-Prieto, J.
Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 5026-5029

An Iron Pyridyl-Carbene Catalyst for Low Overpotential CO2 reduction to CO: Mechanistic Comparisons with the Ruthenium Analogue and Photochemical Promotion
Gonell, S.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Miller, A. J. M.
Chemrxiv 2020


Strategies for the Catalytic Transformation of Plastic Waste Into Valuable Building Blocks
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: EIN2020-112336

Development of an industrializable MVP for versatile parallel photoreactors
AGAUR | Ref: 2019 PROD 00121

Development of new catalysts for oxidation and reduction chemistry in the context of Artificial Photosynthesis
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: PID2019-110050RB-I00

Lloret-Fillol Research Group
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1647

An Artificial Leaf: a photo-electro-catalytic cell from earth-abundant materials for sustainable solar production of CO2-based chemicals and fuels
Collaborative Projects | Ref: 732840 Web page

Reduciones Químicas mediadas por la luz de combustibles a compuestos solares
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2016-80038-R

C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis
COST-European Cooperation in Science and Technology | Ref: EU Cost Action 15106 Web page

Towards a Greener Reduction Chemistry by Using Cobalt Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Light-driven Water Reduction as a Source of Reductive Equivalents
ERC Consolidator Grant | Ref: 648304

ICIQ Starting Career Programme
CELLEX-ICIQ, Ministerio, Severo Ochoa | Ref: ICIQ-SCP


Theses Supervised

Miguel Claros
June 10th, 2020
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Development of Visible-Light Photoredox Methodologies towards the Activation of Carbon-Halogen Bonds’



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